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Spurs continue as the Wolves’ Achilles’ heel

The San Antonio Spurs are a perennial power. Tim Duncan retired last summer and they have not lost a step. Thanks to Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs are 54-16 and in second place in the Western…


May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of a helmet, NFL shield, stage, and podium before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Ranking Vikings draft needs by position

Most of the NFL’s best free agents have found homes, so now it’s time to start turning our attention to the NFL draft. While the Minnesota Vikings do not have a first-round pick, they will…


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Twins release pitcher Ryan Vogelsong

The Ryan Vogelsong era is over before it started. The veteran pitcher asked for, and was granted, his release Tuesday after he gave up seven runs in 8.2 innings this spring. “We talked with Ryan…


NHL: Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets - Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:18:39 EDT
Zulgad: Back on track? Wild avoid fireworks this time around by ending five-game skid

ST. PAUL – Bruce Boudreau entered his postgame press conference Tuesday night and jokingly promised to stick around for the entire thing this time. That was a significant difference from two nights earlier when the…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears - Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:47:08 EDT
See how every NFL team is spending its cap space in 2017

It’s been very interesting to watch where teams have spent their money in free agency this offseason. Wide receivers and running backs haven’t pulled in many big contracts, while offensive linemen have largely broken the…


Nov 26, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson (10) is tackled with the football during the second quarter of a NFL game against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Low-risk, high-reward: Why the Vikings should consider free agent receiver Marquess Wilson

Marquess Wilson was the 236th player selected in the 2013 NFL draft, which normally would give him about a 0.1% chance of becoming a quality NFL contributor. But he isn’t your average seventh-round pick. Wilson…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins - Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:59:19 EST
There was nothing flukey about Adam Thielen’s strong 2016 season

Adam Thielen’s story is already inspiring other undrafted players. In a conference call to discuss his new contract with the Twin Cities media, the Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver said other undrafted players have approached him…


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University of Minnesota clears three football players in sexual assault case

Three Minnesota Gophers players will be allowed to return to the team after being cleared of sexual harassment allegations stemming from an incident in September that resulted in the suspension of 10 players. Defensive back Antoine…


Minnesota Twins’ Byung Ho Park of South Korea, center, greets teammates during introductions prior to the team's home opener against the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Monday, April 11, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Mining the Minors: Gonsalves’ shoulder flares up; Mejia Impresses

Over the past week, four of the players I’m covering in this column—Stephen Gonsalves, Nick Gordon, Engelb Vielma, and Daniel Palka– were causalities of two rounds of cuts  made by the Twins. They’ve joined the…


Jan 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang (70) looks up during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Packers won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
How has the rest of the NFC North fared in free agency?

After winning the NFC North in 2015, the Minnesota Vikings won just two of six games in the division last season. All four teams entered the offseason expected to be buyers, with good amounts of…


Dec 22, 2015; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Toledo Rockets running back Kareem Hunt (3) runs the ball against the Temple Owls in the 2015 Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports
Vikings will reportedly meet with one of the NFL Draft’s most intriguing prospects

Every once in awhile, a superstar comes out of the MAC Conference. Antonio Brown and Khalil Mack can attest to that. Running back Kareem Hunt may just be the next big name to play for…


NHL: San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild - Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:24:10 EST
Zulgad: What does it take for Boudreau to reach the boiling point? We just found out

If you click this link, you will find a column written after the Wild’s 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. The defeat was the Wild’s fourth in a…


NFL: Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:08:18 EDT
What does handling of Tyrod Taylor, Kirk Cousins say about Sam Bradford’s future?

Let’s say we broke up the NFL’s quarterbacks into tiers. First tier QBs are #elite. That list would include Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan. These are…


NBA: Denver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves - Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:50:58 EST
Omri Casspi is a good late-season find for Wolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly signed free agent Omri Casspi, according to ESPN.com. The move comes on the heels of news that forward Nemanja Bjelica is out for the season. Adding Casspi gives the team…


NFL: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings - Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:37:58 EST
After losing out on Cook, Vikings should still be seeking another tight end

After a career year for Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, it might have come as a bit  of a surprise when Minnesota brought in tight end Jared Cook for a visit last week. But the Vikings…


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Gopher men’s hockey secures No. 1 seed at the Northeast Regional

The Gopher men’s hockey team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament. After a year hiatus, the Gophers are back in the NCAA Tournament. They’ll be the No. 1 seed at Northeast Regional in Manchester,…


NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves - Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:30:26 EST
Bjelica injury likely the straw to break the Wolves’ backs

A team can only endure so much. The Timberwolves came together to play their best basketball without Zach LaVine. Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Ricky Rubio all stepped up in LaVine’s absence. The team was…


NHL: Minnesota Wild at Florida Panthers - Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:48:13 EST
Zulgad: As Wild slide continues, Boudreau takes calm, cool and collected approach

ST. PAUL – The feel-good story that was the Minnesota Wild season unraveled a bit more on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. A 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers was the Wild’s fourth…


NFL: New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys
Long shot? Veteran? Rookie? What’s the Vikings’ plan at backup quarterback?

ESPN’s John Clayton has about backup quarterbacks: If you have a good one, then you can go .500 while your starter is out. By that measure, the Vikings have been in good shape the last…


NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles - Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:33:03 EDT
Even with Murray signing, Jerick McKinnon is still key in Vikings offense

Midway through the 2016 season, the Minnesota Vikings made an effort to get Jerick McKinnon the ball in the passing game more often. After seven weeks, the third-year running back had just eight receptions and…


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